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Old 07-20-2009, 06:09 PM
 
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I recently accepted a position as an Occupational Therapist at the NNMC in Bethesda.

I am writing looking for information about finding an apartment near the hospital. So far I have looked in Silver Spring, Rockville, Bethesda, and Gaithersburg.

What does a commute look like from an area such as Gaithersburg/Germantown in to the hospital? Would it be better for me to try and live closer to the hospital?

Does anyone know of any reasonably priced or safe apartments for rent in any of these areas?

Any information about the area would be helpful. Also, does anyone else out there work at the hospital??
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Old 07-24-2009, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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If you will be commuting by Metro, Rockville, Bethesda, and Gaithersburg are all within a reasonable distance of the NNMC. Even from Shady Grove, the terminus of the red line, the ride on the train would only be 15 minutes. From Silver Spring, you would have to take the red line all the way through DC or grab a bus down E-W Hghwy, both of which would take some time. Use the trip planner on Metro's website for more information: Metro - Home page.

If you must drive, then stick to Silver Spring, Rockville, and Bethesda. Your actual commute time will not so much depend on distance but on which streets you must travel from where you live. Some intersections get terribly backed up in rush hour. You will also hit a jam once you get to NNMC. At the shift changes, employee traffic backs up onto 355 and melds with employee traffic from nearby NIH as well as the rest of the commuting public. From the suburbs you are considering, if your commute time to the Metro station isn't too long, taking the train is almost certainly the fastest option.

As for reasonably priced apartments, that's subjective. What is your price range and what are your priorities for where you live? Safety should not be an issue in any of the Mont. Co. suburbs you are looking at.
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Old 08-28-2009, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Dayton
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I must disagree with your statement, Mrs. 14th and You, that..."Safety should not be an issue in any of the Mont. Co. suburbs you are looking at."

I've lived in Silver Spring and near Gaithersburg, and they were both HIGH crime areas.

If you can afford it, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Rockville (select areas) are the safer areas. Don't rule out NorthWest DC!!
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Old 08-28-2009, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland / But still having San Diego / Eastlake withdrawal damn it !!!
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My wife works at National Naval Medical Center (Bethesda) and loves it (well except for parking, that's a problem at times because of all the construction). But she is active duty Navy and when we got here we weighed living close to her work or commuting via Metro somewhere up the 270 corridor . We decided to rent a house in Kensington , Md just a 4 mile commute to the Hospital. The best decision we ever made, Kensington is a lovely small community.

I don't know what your housing budget is or if you have a family or not? but Bethesda or Chevy Chase are great areas but very expensive. We found a Realtor and rented a small house in Kensington , I'm don't know of a lot of apartments in the Kensington area.

The one I do pass a lot on the way to the grocery store is " Kensington House Apartments " . I'm sure if you google it you can find out information about it. I can say that its in the Old town portion of Kensington that is very safe , plenty of places to walk, little shops and Safeway as well in walking distance if needed. A very pretty place especially in the spring and summer time. Also only a few miles from the Medical Center.

I hope this helps some and if you want to direct message me on anything more specific or post whichever you prefer.
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Rockville, MD
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I've lived in Silver Spring and near Gaithersburg, and they were both HIGH crime areas.
No Mont. Co. petty thug is going to mess with a member of the military who I would imagine is in uniform most of the time.

the crime in Silver Spring is blown out of proportion, yes it's relatively high but most crime in this area is thug on thug, so if your not involved it's really petty safe. I used to live in Silver Spring (The infamous Piney Branch Road to be exact) in the 90's, I never once felt truly endangered, maybe slightly appalled at times, but always safe. As for Gaithersburg?... you have to be kidding me.
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